25 years ago this month:
- The Arizona Supreme Court suspended a non-lawyer justice of the peace for 90 days without pay for influencing another judge’s handling of traffic matters concerning a friend and a relative. In re Lorona, 875 P.2d 795 (Arizona 1994).
- Approving the recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission based on a stipulation, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for participating in card games for amounts exceeding $10 a hand in violation of a state statute. Re McIver, 638 So. 2d 45 (Florida 1994).
- Approving the findings and recommendation of the Judicial Qualifications Commission, the Florida Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) admonishing, abusing, and berating an army recruiter for wearing his dress uniform to court and (2) arbitrarily and improperly finding 6 traffic defendants in contempt without due process because they drove away from the courthouse after he had suspended their licenses. Inquiry Concerning Perry, 641 So. 2d 366 (Florida 1994).
- Granting a joint motion for approval of a recommendation for discipline based on an agreed statement of facts, the Mississippi Supreme Court publicly reprimanded a judge and fined him $100 for receiving money from a defendant whom he had ordered to pay restitution and giving it to the person to whom the money was owed. Commission on Judicial Performance v. Vess, 637 So. 2d 882 (Mississippi 1994).
- Upholding a determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge for (1) stating that he recalled a time when it was safe for young women to walk the streets “before the blacks and Puerto Ricans moved here;” (2) conveying the appearance that he granted a motion in retaliation against an attorney-town justice, whose law firm represented one of the litigants in the case; and (3) failing to maintain adequate records and dockets of dispositions of criminal cases, resulting in a failure to report and remit fines and surcharges to the state comptroller. In the Matter of Schiff, 635 N.E.2d 286 (New York 1994).
- Upholding the determination of the State Commission on Judicial Conduct, the New York Court of Appeals removed a judge for subscribing as a witness on his designating petition for re-election when he had not been present at the time the petition was signed, in violation of state election laws. In the Matter of Heburn, 639 N.E.2d 11 (New York 1994).
- The New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly censured a judge for an angry and unseemly confrontation at the annual village street fair and violating the fundamental rights of a defendant in a criminal case. In the Matter of Smith, Determination (New York State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 16, 1994).
- Concurring in the findings and recommendations of the Board of Commissioners on Grievances and Discipline, the Ohio Supreme Court permanently disbarred a former judge who had been convicted of several felony charges for conspiring to use his judicial position to unlawfully obtain property not due him; receiving in excess of $230,000 in illegal payments or kickbacks, including from court-appointed contractors; and grand theft and theft while in office. Office of Disciplinary Counsel v. Mosely, 632 N.E.2d 1287 (Ohio 1994).
- Based on a judge’s agreement to resign, the Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct publicly reprimanded a judge for (1) intemperate behavior toward another judge, consisting of written notes and verbal comments witnessed by other persons; (2) derogatory remarks about defendants within the hearing of court personnel and other persons; (3) verbal abuse of court personnel or derogatory comments about them to third persons; (4) comments of a sexual nature that were vulgar and unwelcome; (5) lack of impartiality in administrative duties regarding personnel; and (6) asking court employees to engage in activity in support of his re-election campaign during court time. In re the Matter of Allan, Order of Reprimand and Closure (Washington State Commission on Judicial Conduct June 3, 1994).